"Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
Vol.7 No.1

"We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams."

- "We Are the Music-Makers"
by Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844-81)

Friends of The Nocturnes,

My, it's been a wet winter, no? Around the Bay area, spring is looking to 'bust out' - ALL OVER! We're about ready - how about you? As always, you can read this edition of NightNews here, or online at http://www.thenocturnes.com/newsletter/newsarchive.htm where a more readable, printable version resides. So, let's see what our options are for the coming spring, shall we?

Embarcadero Nocturne, discussed in-depth here last issue, continues at one final location - Four Embarcadero Center (it was taken down at the other two venues the end of February) - for at least a few more weeks. You should definitely try to make it by and to see the work, while it is still installed at the street-level storefront, there.

"Yucca Brevifolia #1," by Tim Baskerville is part of the Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Palm Springs Desert Museum - www.psmuseum.org - from February 24 to March 27, 2005. The image, from his Joshua Tree series - can be viewed at http://www.thenocturnes.com/gallery/baskerville.html

We're proud to announce that Nocturnes Adam Moore and Marc Babsin were selected recently for ArtSpan's prestigious "Selections" exhibit, held biennially, and limited to twenty artists. Exhibition dates are May 26 - July 9, 2005 at LIMN Gallery & Showroom, 292 Townsend at 4th Street, with an opening reception, Thursday, May 26, 2005, 6-9pm. Hm-m-m, that's two out of twenty - it appears to be "The Nocturnes 10% rule" - at work again!

The early registration period for the U.C. Santa Cruz Extension Night Photography workshop that Tim Baskerville is conducting down in Joshua Tree, April 22-24, is still open. Your early online Registration thru their site - http://www.ucsc-extension.edu/ucsc/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=2350982 - ensures a space in this much-anticipated quest for the "high desert nocturne," as well as a substantial discount!

Good news - we have received a number of early registrations for our May Full Moon Workshop in San Francisco with Tim Baskerville and Adam Moore - so, that event is coming along nicely - details at www.thenocturnes.com/workshops/sf1.html. BTW, Adam is currently teaching a PhotoShop class for Photographers at the Academy of Art University, here in San Francisco - details on our Web site.

U.C. Berkeley Extension is offering Tim Baskerville's 10-week Night Photography course again this Summer, on Thursdays from June 16 to August 25 - at UCBx's new (33,000 square foot) Art/Design Center at 95 Third Street - right across Mission Street from SFMOMA, and cattycorner to Yerba Buena Gardens! Details will be available in the weeks to come - and look for U.C. Berkeley Extension's print catalog towards the end of April.

LA Nocturne / LA Noir? Our Los Angeles Workshop for June is shaping up, with special Guest Lecturer Helen Garber - www.helenkgarber.com - scheduled to present. Check our Web site in the next few weeks for updates.

Submissions are now being accepted for our newest Online exhibition of Night Photography: "This is Not Your Father's Nocturne," in which we study/pay homage to/critique the pioneers of Night Photography, and those artists we individually mythologize. We now have a Juror for this exhibit - Brooks Jensen of LensWork - www.lenswork.com - Publishing. The deadline for entries is April 30, 2005, and the exhibit will run from May 15 - June 30. Full details can be found at http://www.thenocturnes.com/forms/entry_father.html

We have also announced a Call for Entries for another 'Offline" Exhibit, "A Night on the Hill," presented by The Nocturnes and Schnetzler Photography. In this exhibit, members of the local Night Photography community are invited to explore Potrero Hill, one of San Francisco's more picturesque and friendly neighborhoods. This show can be viewed at Farley's Cafe, 1315 18th Street, on Potrero Hill, during May 2005 - but hurry, the deadline for submissions is April 8, 2005! More details are on The Nocturnes Web site at http://www.thenocturnes.com/forms/entryform_hill.html

As noted in this space before, we have recently added links to reviews of texts listed on THE BACKLIST - http://www.thenocturnes.com/resources/books.html - WHY NOT let us know of your favorite "NP" text, and write a review (it can even be brief!) to be published on the Web site - get involved! Have a look at the first two reviews we've published: Matt Lennert's book, as well as Troy Paiva's "Lost America," both penned by devoted Nocturne, Andy Frazer.

We're sure you're aware of the "new and improved' Nocturnes Web site - but with so much to see . . . we thought we would reintroduce you, from time to time, to certain key aspects of last fall's 'redevelopment project'! One for certain, is the newly-expanded Gallery section - http://www.thenocturnes.com/gallery.html - with new residents William Lesch, Brian Kelly, Helen Garber, Andrew Sanderson, Blake Hines, Susanne Friedrich, Robert Vizzini, Larrie Thomson, Matthew Lennert, and David Baldwin. And, be sure to look for new faces in the neighborhood, in the next few weeks: Helen Garber (LA), Sean McHugh (UK), and Dan Heller (Northern CA).

The first weekend of March is when a new art gallery - Art Waves - will open in the Sunset district, at 3848 Judah (near 44th Avenue). An artist-run gallery with 16 artists (including our own Roxanne Worthington) they will be showing work in a casual location several blocks from Ocean Beach and 2 blocks South of Golden Gate Park.

Throughout February, Alum Ron Saunders exhibited work from the series "Someday I will be Free" at a number of venues, including: Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, the CBS marketwatch.com office here in the City, and the Richmond Art Center. Ron, looks like you're keeping busy!

Finally, images from "The Expatriate" series, by Alumna (twice over!) Corrie McCluskey are part of the 6th Biennial Exhibition at A.I.R. Galley (www.airncy.org) in New York City, from March 8 - April 2, 2005; as well as the Exhibit, "Contemporary American Photography" - to be held in Germany in June 2005 (details at www.internationalefottage.de).

Web sites of some of the Alumni mentioned (or not) in this edition of Night News:
Mark Babsin - http://www,marcbabsin.com
Roxanne Worthington - http://www.artwavesgallery.com
Corrie McCluskey - http://www.corriemccluskey.com
Joe Reifer - http://www.joereifer.com
Mark Interrante - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinhole/sets/

Recent Acquisitions:
Rose and the Briar: Death, Love, and Liberty in the American Ballad, edited by Greil Marcus. WW Norton and Co., 2005. ISBN 0-933-05954-5
Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey: A Journey to Music's Heart and Soul, Bill Wyman. DK Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-7894-8046-8.
Dead Can Dance, 1981-1998. 4AD Limited, 2001. Box Set (CD/DVD) #DCDBOX1
Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey. Image Entertainment, 2002. DVD#ID3227NB

Recent Acquisitions:

Stieglitz on Photography, compiled by Richard Whelan. Aperture Books, 2000. ISBN 0-89381-804-6
Moon Moon, Anne Kent Rush (Gift of Nathan LaBudde). Random House, 1976. ISBN 0-394-40767-9
A Passion for Trains: The Railroad Photography of Richard Steinheimer with text by Jeff Brouws. WW Norton and CO., 2004. ISBN 0-393-057437
Acquainted with The Night: Excursions thru the World after Dark, Christopher Dewedney. Bloomsbury, 2004. ISBN 1-58234-396-9 Hollywood Nocturnes, James Ellroy. Dell Publishing, 1998. ISBN 0-385-33328-5
Nature Noir: a Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra, Jordan Fisher Smith. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. ISBN 0-618-22416-5
Chinatown, Roman Polansky. Paramount Pictures, 1999. DVD#15516
The Maltese Falcon, John Huston. Warner Home Video, 200. DVD#65012
Spring 2005, Aperture #178. The Aperture Foundation, 2005. ISBN 1-931788-52-9

This concludes this edition of "Night News." As always, this and past issues of "Night News" are accessible at http://www.thenocturnes.com/newsletter/newsarchive.htm

Finally, just remember, Spring CAN NOT be far away, but still: ". . . let's be careful out there."

Susan Nichols

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